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Carlos weakens to depression, pelts western Mexican coast with rain, wind


MEXICO CITY — Former Tropical Storm Carlos weakened to a depression as it brushed Mexico's western Pacific coast Wednesday.

Carlos brought rain and wind to the coast between the Mexican resorts of Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta, after losing its hurricane status overnight.

On Wednesday, the center of the storm was about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Cabo Corrientes. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) and was moving north-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).

Forecasters with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was expected to continue weakening and likely would dissipate Thursday.

Mexico discontinued tropical storm warnings from Punta San Telmo to Cabo Corrientes.

Rainfall of 1 inch to 3 inches is expected in some areas, with potential flash floods and slides. Forecasters also said swells would continue to affect the southwestern Mexican coast.

Some coastal towns closed their schools and small boats were ordered off the sea near the popular beach resort of Puerto Vallarta. At least one cruise ship canceled a port call planned for Wednesday, port official Odilon Garcia Castillon said by phone from the Pacific coast city.

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